* Children’s Day: UNICEF pledges commitment to end violence against children (Punch) * 2 million at risk of food insecurity in Afghanistan, UN warns (Punch)

* Children’s Day: UNICEF pledges commitment to end violence against children (Punch)                       * 2 million at risk of food insecurity in Afghanistan, UN warns (Punch)



Children’s Day: UNICEF pledges commitment to end violence against children (Punch)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged its commitment to end violence against children in Nigeria, ahead of the 2018 Children’s Day. Mr Isiye Ndombi, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nigeria, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Children’s Day is commemorated on May 27, every year. NAN reports that the theme of the celebration is: “Creating Safe Spaces for Children: Our Collective Responsibility.’’ Ndombi decried violence against children in the country and promised that the organisation was determined to mobilise the will and resources to tackle all forms of violence against children wherever it occurred. Read more

2 million at risk of food insecurity in Afghanistan, UN warns (Punch)

At least two million Afghans are at risk of severe food insecurity due to a devastating drought in the country, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. Farmers in some 20 Afghan provinces, mostly located in northern and western Afghanistan, have delayed planting or downsized their wheat cultivation, partly due to lack of rain and snowfall in the winter, the report said. “The last winter harvest must be considered completely lost,’’ said Abdul Majid from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. Read more

Those saying Buhari gave CAN money are our enemies, says ECWA (Nation)

General Secretary of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Rev. Yunusa Sabo Nmadu, has said that those spreading rumours that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) received N25m from President Mohammadu Buhari are enemies of the church. Rev Yunusa said such talks were unnecessary and not good for the Christian body. Yunusa spoke in Benin City when he inaugurated the newly elected executives of the Edo/Delta District Church Council headed by Rev. Lucky Osagbakhoe. He urged President Buhari to stem the tide of violence and insecurity across the country. The ECWA scribe noted that Nigeria’s economy must be improved upon before the next general elections. He urged the new executives do their work diligently and promote peace in the land where the church is located. Read more

Alleged libel: Wike hits back at F-SARS commander in Rivers (Nation)

The fight between Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in the state, Mr. Akin Fakorede, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), worsened yesterday with the governor describing Fakorede as “a disgrace to the Nigeria Police Force and a threat to lives and democracy.” The governor, it was learnt was displeased by reports that he offered N50 million to the F-SARS commander in Rivers, in the presence of the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, to work with him (Wike), but that Fakorede rejected the offer, making the governor to be publishing false advertisements against him on the front and inside pages of major national newspapers. Read more

LG Polls: Residents, observers decry late distribution of electoral materials (Punch)

Residents of Nasarawa and election observers have decried the delay in the distribution of electoral materials for the local government elections taking place across the state on Saturday. They made their opinions known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia and other parts of the state on Saturday. Mallam Usman Adamu, a resident of Lafia expressed his disappointment with the late arrival of voting materials, at the Emir’s Palace polling unit in Ciroma Ward. He explained that voters who came out as early as 7am to cast their votes had to wait long hours for the electoral officers and election materials to arrive. Read more

MASSOB set for showdown in Enugu, gives govt. ultimatum (SUN)

Angered by the alleged illegal arrest and detention of its members in Enugu, the Movement for the actualisation of sovereign state of Biafra MASSOB has demanded for the immediate release of their members arrrsted across the state. The Zonal Leader of the pro-Igbo seccessionist group in Enugu North Senatorial zone, Mr. Kenneth Okwudili made this demand, stressing that the group cannot continue to stomach such intimidation in the state. According to him,”we condemn in strongest term the arrest of 33 members of MASSOB who were arrested at Enugu obiagu street on 22nd may 2018 during Biafra day celebration in Enugu state. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi and the state commissioner of police should order the immediate release of these 33 members of MASSOB from prison custody.” Read more

Fire guts oil rig in Bayelsa (Nation)

Fire has engulfed an oil rig offshore Koluama, Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State. It was gathered that the rig reportedly owned by Conoil was operated by the Depthwize Nigeria. The incident is coming six years after an explosion rocked an oil gas rig, operated by K.S Endeavour (Panama), near the North Apoi in koluama. The exploded Endeavour, which was owned by Chevron caused massive pollution in the waterways and triggered a global concern. Read more

Musa Asake: Family tells CAN, we don’t need your assistance (Punch)

About three weeks after the death of General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Musa Asake, the family of the deceased have told the Christian organisation not to get involved in burial arrangements for the deceased clergyman. Asake’s family have written to CAN, rejecting the participation of its leaders in the activities for his funeral. The rejection came barely a day after CAN had set up a burial committee chaired by Rev. Stephen Adegbite “to organise a befitting farewell” for its late General Secretary. Read more

May 29: Police uncover plots to cause mayhem in Delta (SUN)

The Delta State police command has uncovered alleged plots by members of the outlaws Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to disrupt the peace in the state during the May 29 (Democracy Day) celebration. But the command said it will not fold its arms and allow IPOB and other allied pro-Biafra groups have a field day, as adequate measures have taken to foil whatever they might come up with. In a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka sternly warned all pro-Biafra groups and their sympathizers to retrace their steps. Read more

Customs officer shoots 70-year-old dead for intervening in argument (Punch)

At 70, family and friends had looked up to Lamidi Oke, a farmer from Olorunda village, Oyo State, for survival, until last Monday when a trigger-happy Customs officer dashed their hopes. The septuagenarian was allegedly shot dead by the officer while he was trying to intervene in an argument between some Customs operatives and youths in the community over a barrier erected on a road within the neighbourhood. Saturday Punch learnt that the villagers put up the barrier – two poles on both sides of the road with a bamboo placed across them – to curb the recurring accidents caused by reckless motorists plying the route. Read more

Northern CAN, COCIN converge in Jos, seek release of Leah Sharibu (SUN)

The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern Nigeria yesterday converged in Jos, the state capital of Plateau state and compelled Federal Government to negotiate the release of Miss Leah Sharibu, who is held captive by Boko Haram insurgents because of her Christian faith. Northern CAN Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam, said the continue detention of Leah Sharibu by her abductors without the intervention of Federal Government is suspicious on the alleged plan to Islamize the country. “I want to draw the attention of the federal government under the leadership of President Mohammadu Buhari on the issues of Miss Leah Sharibu who is yet to regain her freedom from the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents in the North east. Read more

Spirit of Liverpool can stop Real’s record run, says Klopp (Vanguard)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has challenged his players to stop Real Madrid lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy on Saturday and show fans that winning “big things” is still in the club’s DNA. With a record 12 titles to their name and winners of the past two editions, Real go into the final in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium as the favourites. Klopp admits the Spanish giants’ huge experience in Europe is “important” and that Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates will be brimming with confidence in the seconds before kick-off at 1845 GMT. But when the whistle blows, Klopp believes the spirit shown by his players on their “exceptional” run to the final could be enough to show Real that experience is not everything. Read more

Martinez accuses Real Sociedad of blocking Man City & Barcelona moves (Goal)

2017 and January and has taken a swipe at his former club’s president, Jokin Aperribay Inigo Martinez has accused Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay of blocking a move to Manchester City, after a transfer to Barcelona also fell through. The centre-back caused a stir when he left Anoeta to join Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao in January as a replacement for Aymeric Laporte, who had joined City for a fee of €65 million (£57m/$76m). Martinez had himself been linked with a move to the Premier League club, while it had looked likely he would join Barca in the previous transfer window only for the deal to collapse at the last moment. Read more

Napoli’s Ancelotti coup compared to ‘signing Messi or Ronaldo’ (Goal)

Demetrio Albertini, who has worked with the experienced coach at AC Milan, believes Serie A title hopefuls have made the best possible appointment Napoli’s appointment of Carlo Ancelotti is akin to “signing Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo”, according to former Italy international Demetrio Albertini. Despite pushing serial winners Juventus close in the 2017-18 title race, a change in the dugout has been overseen in Naples. Maurizio Sarri is moving on – with Goal revealing that Chelsea are closing in on his signature – and Napoli have wasted little time in appointing proven winner Ancelotti as his successor. Read more

Mayor of South African capital ‘carjacked’ by armed gang (Guardian)

The mayor of South African capital Pretoria was ‘carjacked’ outside a restaurant in the early hours of Saturday by an armed gang that stole his silver Mercedes Benz. Solly Msimanga, 37, has been mayor of Tshwane, the official name of Pretoria city and surrounding districts, since the opposition Democratic Alliance party won local elections in 2016. “I was coming out of the restaurant after dinner when two guys approached me. As I was about to get into my car, one takes out a gun,” he told local media, admitting he was shaken by the incident. Read more

Venezuela has freed U.S. missionary Josh Holt, Trump says (Reuter)

The Venezuelan government on Saturday released an American, Josh Holt, whom it has held since 2016 on weapons charges, U.S. President Donald Trump and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch announced separately on Twitter. The release of Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, comes despite deepening U.S.-Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington’s refusal to recognise the May 19 re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition of new U.S. sanctions on Caracas. Holt was expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday evening, Trump said. Hatch issued a statement on Twitter saying Holt’s release followed two years of lobbying and that Holt’s wife Thamy would be accompanying him home. Read more

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: British-Iranian woman to face trial on security charges, head of Iran’s Revolutionary Court says (Independent)

A British-Iranian aid worker who has spent more than two years in an Iranian jail is to face a second trial on new charges, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Court has reportedly said. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in 2016 and jailed for five years for spying against the regime. A report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Saturday said the court’s head Musa Ghazanfarabadi told it the new charges also related to Iran’s security. “Ghazanfarabadi said the charge against (Nazanin) Zaghari (-Ratcliffe) in the new case is security-related but did not say whether it was espionage or another charge,” the report said. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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